Maldives holidays, wildlife cruise

“Spend six nights onboard a crewed sailing gulet as part of a small group as you set sail for some of the top snorkelling sites and wildlife watching areas in the Maldives.”

Highlights

Live-aboard sailing gulet | Guraidhoo | South Male Atoll | South Ari Atoll | marine biologist/expert | seasonal wildlife spotting | snorkelling or basic Scuba diving course | Hulhumale |

Description of Maldives holidays, wildlife cruise

This wonderful week-long wildlife cruise in the Maldives finds travellers joining a small group and taking to the ocean on a traditionally designed sailing gulet in search of an incredibly exciting underwater world – perfect for snorkelling and swimming or sunbathing and star watching on deck.

Discovering the marine ecology of the Maldives if the best way to truly experience the islands at their best with opportunities to visit untouched sandy beaches just as memorable as spotting your first manta ray or whale shark appearing from the Indian Ocean.

Alongside mantas and sharks, you can expect to see several types of turtle in addition to spinner and bottlenose dolphins to ensure this is one wildlife cruise in the Maldives that will last long into the memory after the sun tan finally fades.

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Maldives holidays, wildlife cruise

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & Meals:
You will spend the first night in a local island guesthouse. We predominantly use small businesses for accommodation in order to keep investment local and benefit the communities we visit directly. Almost all meals are provided and whilst much produce has to be imported to the destination the MV Felicity will endeavour to use local produce wherever possible. Meals might include bananas, water melon papaya and plenty of fresh fish!

Wildlife:
“A treasure trove of marine life” is perhaps the best way to describe the Maldives, however this ecosystem is fragile. A single touch can kill coral or infect marine life. We encourage safe and responsible snorkelling and diving practises and guests can expect information and demonstrations on correct snorkelling/diving practises throughout the trip. For example, we do not touch underwater creatures (including coral) or pollute the water with litter.

Awareness:
The Maldives struggle to eliminate all the rubbish produced by over 1 million tourists per year and whilst educating locals in waste management is all part of a larger project, we encourage our guests to support this in a number of ways. Lead by example and don’t drop rubbish, reuse or refuse plastic bags in shops and we encourage it as a point of conversation between our guides and the local community with guests.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
Although this trip is largely nature and water based, we make time to stop at locally inhabited islands where you will have the opportunity to explore Maldivian culture and to support the local economy. Traditional handmade souvenirs include coconut wood carving and woodware, lacquer ware and woven products. We encourage clients not to buy any crafts made from animal parts, including shells.

Charity:
On this trip, the main organisation we support is the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP). The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a research-based conservation charity dedicated to studying the Whale shark and fostering community-focused conservation initiatives in the Maldives and the greater Indian Ocean. What initially began as a scientific expedition in 2006, has grown to become the only long-term organization dedicated to study the iconic, yet vulnerable Whale shark species in the Maldives. Their goal is simple: they seek to advance the field of Whale shark knowledge and to advocate for sound conservation policy in the Maldives. By encouraging and valuing community and industry stakeholder participation, they are able to leverage the scientific research to safeguard the rich biodiversity and fragile marine ecosystems that are the basis for not only Whale sharks, but also life, livelihood and culture in the Maldives.

Community:
We only use locally owned and operated guesthouses, dive schools and excursion providers all of which have been developed by locals. This ensures that profits go back into the hands of the local community. We also support businesses indirectly through associated services and activities. These include laundry services, local fishing industry, speedboat operators, cafes and supermarkets.
We provide employment, good working conditions, a fair wage and performance reviews for local employees. Our guides are Maldivian and with the exception of the Sales Director, our operations team are Maldivian. Not only does this ensure our guests get a real insight to Maldivian life, our guides achieve personal development through interaction with guests from different cultures and backgrounds. They also have the opportunity to participate in tour leader development programs available from our international partners.

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“I love the idea of seeing wildlife on holiday, and combined with the fact that this was a smallish boat and had a focus on marine wildlife and seeing the reef, it seemed perfect.”

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Snorkelling with a group of feeding manta rays for about 40 minutes. Unforgettable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a few days on either side - go to one of the local islands. Actually - take the days beforehand, as it's hard to imagine anything living up to the boat trip (bearing in mind that we'd never been on a snorkelling trip or anything like this, so we can't compare).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All of the above to some extent. Guide was very aware of environmental impact, we also had talk from local working on conservation / research of whale sharks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. Again - can't compare to anything as such. Understand that many of the coral reefs have suffered from bleaching to some extent due in particular to
the warm summers a few years back. Despite that, the fish life seemed amazing.

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